What’s great about the arts is the way that it gives back to those who take the time to bring it to you. And giving back to those who work hard is a sustainable way to live.

Actors have no small feat: rehearsing, performing, preparing… There’s so much to do, just to bring it all to the stage. And what’s even better, is when we support the arts and culture, we give back directly to the community around us.

This spring, take some time to immerse yourself in culture around you, exploring something a little new and giving back to the community, too.

Broadway 101

Before you go, be sure to get some information on how you can score discount tickets for Broadway Shows. Even better, the money you save means you can head there more than once.

You can also score tickets the day of, up to 30 minutes before the show. These tickets are also greatly discounted, or sometimes include Standing Room Only.

Be sure to arrive early, take your seat, and relax. Turn off your cell phone and keep the noise to zero to respect those around you, as well as the actors and musicians.

Popular Shows

Sure, we’re familiar with the shows–we see them advertise all the time. But how do we narrow it down? Here are the most popular shows and, well, why you should see them all:

Wicked: This amazing reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, highlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous characters, including the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. It’s a story of  love, friendship and trust, showing two different sides to the story. This touching story is too good to miss, and very different from the Oz story that we know and love. It doesn’t include any swearing or sexual situations, making it good for kids, although perhaps a little scary.

The Lion King: This stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of Simba, who loves exploring the grasslands, and spending time with his father, king  Mufasa. And just like in the film, Simba takes on Scar to fulfill his destiny to be king. Vibrant, gorgeous with wonderful music, it’s reputation of winning loads of awards is worth the show. It’s great for kids who have seen and weren’t frightened by the film.

Jersey Boys: A musical biography of the Four Seasons, this musical focuses on frontman Frankie Valli. More than a biography, it covers topics such as gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. It appeals to those who are fans of the Four Seasons, as well as anyone who loves a good show. It isn’t really a show for the kids, however, with infidelity, the death of a child, and swearing rounding it out.

Rock of Ages: In the 1980s, partying it what it’s all about. Aspiring rock star Drew longs to be the next big thing, but then German developers come into town with plans to turn the music-laden Strip into just another strip mall. Music includes Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more, perfect for anyone who loves the 80s. Not intended for kids.

Chicago: The Broadway classic takes place in the the roaring “jazz hot” 20s. It tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Velma and Roxie’s antics woo the audience and make for a great adventure. Loads of great music and excellent, quick moving story equals a great musical. Although the topics are a little heavy (murder, adultery), it’s still okay for the more mature kids.

Keeping Up

Whether you’re heading to your first show or a long-time Broadway lover, staying tuned to the latest news is key for anyone who is heading to NYC for a good time.

Lucky for us, Tony Award winners Matthew Broderick and Anika Noni Rose are set to announce the nominees for the 2011 Tony Awards. The announcement will take place on May 3 at the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library.

And soon enough, the 65th annual Tony Award ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS from the Beacon Theatre on June 12.

Stay tuned for details!

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